A Guide to Downloading and Getting Started with Unreal Engine 5.
Unreal Engine 5, created by Epic Games, is quickly becoming one of the most popular game development platforms available today. With its robust toolset and state-of-the-art capabilities, Unreal Engine 5 empowers game developers and creators to bring their visions to life like never before. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive overview of downloading, installing, and getting started with this incredible game development engine.
Whether you’re an aspiring game dev just starting out or a seasoned veteran looking to harness the latest advancements in real-time 3D technology, Unreal Engine 5 has something to offer for developers of all skill levels. By following this tutorial, you’ll have the knowledge and resources to kickstart your journey into creating jaw-dropping, cinematic-quality experiences with Unreal.
Total Time: 45 minutes
Preparing for the Download
Before rushing ahead to download Unreal, it’s wise to take some time to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements and make a few preparations. Here are some steps to take beforehand:
Check System Specifications – Unreal is very demanding in terms of hardware, so review the recommended specs on Epic’s website including processor, graphics card, RAM, storage space etc. Exceeding these is ideal.
Create Epic Account – You’ll need to create a free Epic account to download Unreal. Take a moment to set this up if you don’t have one already.
Choose Install Location – Decide where you want Unreal installed on your computer and ensure you have ample storage space available.
Internet Connection – Unreal is a large download, so make sure you have a stable, high-speed internet connection before starting.
Back Up Files – Backup any important files as a precaution before installing major software.
Downloading the Epic Games Launcher
The first step is to download the Epic Games Launcher itself. Here’s how:
Go to the Download page on UnrealEngine.com and choose your desired license type – either Publishing or Creators. Click the Download Now button to save the Launcher installer to your computer. Once downloaded, run the installer file and wait for it to fully complete. This will install the Launcher and any other required components like DirectX.
Creating an Epic Games Account
After installing the Launcher, you’ll be asked to sign in or create an Epic Games account. Here are the steps:
If you already have an account, simply sign in with your credentials to continue. Otherwise, click Sign Up to make a new free account using your email or social media accounts. You can also skip registration for now by selecting “Sign In Later”, but you won’t be able to install or use the engine without an account.
Once registered and signed in, you’re ready to install the engine itself!
Installing and Managing Engine Versions
Now it’s time to install. Just a few quick steps:
In the Launcher, click the “Unreal Engine” tab at the top.
Click the “Install Engine” button, then choose the Unreal engine version you want.
Optional: Click “Browse” to change the install directory path.
Click “Options” to pick engine components like platform support, starter content packs etc.
Make sure you have enough disk space based on the options you choose.
Click “Apply” once you’ve configured the components to install.
Finally click “Install” to begin the download process. Expect this to take 10-45 minutes depending on your connection speed. You can install multiple versions of the engine and easily manage them through the Launcher. The Launcher makes it simple to add or remove components from an already installed version too – just use the “Options” menu.
Launching the Engine for the First Time
Once installation completes, you’re ready to launch into the engine editor and start your adventure! Just click the “Launch” button.
The Launcher will handle all patching and updates in the background whenever new engine versions or fixes are released. You’ll always be up-to-date with the latest features and improvements.
Moving or Changing Install Locations
If you need to move an existing engine install folder or point the Launcher to a non-standard location, here are the steps:
In the Launcher, click the “+” button to add a “new” version. Pick the engine version that matches your existing folder.
Click “Browse” and select the current install directory you want to move or change. Start the install process, then click “Cancel” so it registers the path but doesn’t fully reinstall.
In your operating system file explorer, move the install folder to the new location.
Back in the Launcher, click “Resume” so it detects the moved installation. This process will verify and update your custom install path so you can launch the engine as expected.
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Diving In and Getting Creative
With your Epic Games account configured and engine installed, the robust toolset is at your fingertips. Don’t be afraid to dive in and start bringing your gaming vision to life. The Epic community is full of helpful resources and technical support to guide you on your development journey. Remember to save often, iterate quickly, and enjoy the journey of learning and discovery. The possibilities are truly endless – now it’s time to start creating!
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